Guest blogger at Mystery Fanfare

I am honoured  to be guest blogging at Janet A. Rudolph’s  blog, Mystery Fanfare.  Janet A. Rudolph is known as “The Mistress of Mystery.” She is the writer/producer for Murder on the Menu®, director of Mystery Readers International, editor of the Mystery Readers Journal, a teacher of mystery fiction, and has been a columnist for most of the mystery periodicals.

One day I got an e-mail that would change my life. Do you want to know more? Read about it at Mystery Fanfare. 

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The soundtrack and the story behind

UndecimberThere is a soundtrack to my novel Nephilim, Death by Design by Undecimber. Not every novel can boast its own soundtrack. And the fact that Peter Steele’s (Type O Negative) musical heir is the lead singer doesn’t exactly hurt. You may listen to it here:

It all started eight years ago, when my first novel was published. We got it into our heads that it should have a soundtrack and organised a rock contest. Reaktor won. The years passed by. Reaktor changed their name and some members, but the voice remained the same. Then they released an album and sold lots of copies in the United Kingdom. Just as it should be.

Then the band derailed and lead vocalist Patrik Ransäter was asked to sing in Josh Silver’s new band. Yes, that John Silver – the former keyboardist and producer of Type O Negative. The album is to be released in U.S. this winter.

In spite of chaotic tours, recordings in L.A., and strange conversations with The Edge of U2, this band still wants to collaborate with me. Pretty amazing.

Writing this blog post, I asked Patrik Ransäter what it’s like writing a song that is to be the soundtrack for a book:

“You don’t write a song. Songs write themselves. It’s just a matter of being there when it happens … to feel the music resonating through your body and streaming out through your fingers, straight into the instrument. You can’t just sit down and write music. The same way I suppose you can’t just sit down and write a new novel to order. So in a way it felt like an impossible task when I was asked to write a soundtrack for a novel. But something happens as you read a book. The setting, the atmosphere, and the mood grips your soul. Music emerges. The lyrics are already there. The aestethics of a novel might contain a hurricane of feelings, enough for an entire album. On the other hand, it takes an exceptional author to light the fire. I have had the advantage of working with such an author. Life is not fair. Get over it.”

You may find more about Undecimber here.

Nephilim – My first novel to be launched in U. S.

Nephilim_Cover

I got a mail this morning that the launch for the U.S. e-book publicity campaign has now officially begun and  the e-book’s  publication date is August 15th. Personally? I hope for a trip oversea. It’s been long ten years since last time.

The Press Release goes like this:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Thriller of Biblical Proportion

“A wonderfully exciting, deft and confidently written book.” /Laura magazine

“The Lord saw that human evil on earth was great, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.”  /Genesis 6:5

In her first novel to be launched in America, Nephilim (Stockholm Text, August 15th 2013, $14.95 paperback, $6.99 ebook), Swedish crime novelist Åsa Schwarz delivers a page- turning thriller where a mythical conspiracy battles against environmental criminals.

When young and driven “Eco Warrior” Nova decides to take action against environmentally dangerous corporations, little does she know that a shadowy organization shares in her goal.

Soon Nova finds herself framed for a string of unusual and gruesome murders and is on the run from Swedish authorities. Left to her own device, Nova is forced to explore crawling biblical clues in order to unravel the mysteries of past and present…and to figure out how she got herself in the middle of it.

Nephilim is a unique and fast-paced suspense novel, blending biblical mythology with global conspiracies to create a convincing and effective story. Its in-depth characters and quickly unravelling plot, full of dramatic twists and turns, has made it a major success throughout Europe.

Nephilims trailer.

Åsa Schwarz, a trained Information Security Consultant, is one of Sweden’s most popular authors. What makes her stories stand out are her thorough characterizations and her mix of mystical legends with symbolic puzzles and modern technical detail.

Publicity Contact: Tricia van Dockum
Tel: 619-795-3498
E-mail: tricia@olliemedia.com

Publisher:
Claes Ericson, StockholmText
Tel: +46-72-166-69-33
E-mail: claes.ericson@stockholmtext.com

Lust – published on the 4th of June in Sweden

My next novel, a horror story set in Stockholm, will be published on the 4th of June by Mix, Bonnier. As Bonnier’s seller says: “This is a roman à clef that will be widely talked about.”

The blurb goes like this:

“I pick up a pen and write down my wish in large, obvious letters. Then I draw a star with seven tips above the wish: I will take control of my life. I want to smash your roof in and tear down your house, destroy your life.” 

Lust_slutligAn spine-chilling novel about Stockholm’s jet set.

Sara is an unknown writer, until she performs an ancient ritual. She doesn’t really believe in such stuff, but suddenly her dream is realised. She becomes a best-selling author, published by a large publishing house. Involuntarily, she is drawn into a triangle drama, one third of which is succesful publisher Anders. In jealousy she once again uses the powers she didn’t believe to exist. She writes down her darkest wishes

For review copies and marketing information, contact Stephanie Tärnqvist, Bonnier, here.

For publishing rights, contact Anna Frankl, literary agent. Phone: 0046-8-571 685 25. E-mail: anna@nordinagency.com

You want an interview? Contact me.

Pressrelease: Knowit is strengthening its security venture

Published: 27 March, 2013, at Knowitgroup.com.

Knowit is strengthening its venture in IT and information security. For this reason, Åsa Schwarz has been employed as sales manager of Knowit’s specialist company in the field, Knowit Secure. Her task is to position Knowit as the leading supplier of outsourced security.

– The demand for IT and information security is growing, as the situation for all companies becoming more complex, with outsourcing, cloud services and social media. At the same time, cybercrime is becoming more organized and goal-oriented, says Åsa Schwarz.

Knowit is growing quickly in the area. In one and a half years, Knowit Secure has gone from zero to twenty-five employees. The goal is to have thirty employees by the end of the year.

– Our goal is to become the Swedish leaders in the field. Åsa will help us on the way, with her unique competence in security, marketing and sales, says Tomas Rimming, CEO at Knowit Secure.

– Knowit has already become one of the sharpest security consultants, says Åsa Schwarz. It will be fun to see what we can achieve together in the future.

Åsa Schwarz has long experience of IT security and has founded both business fields and companies in the area. She also works as a columnist for Computer Sweden and has published four works of fiction, translated into seventeen languages.

Outsorcing vs Cloud Services.

First published in 2013-04-13 in Computer Sweden.

The year was 2009. The warning lights were blinking. The clouds were approaching. Unsure, immature, hyped, and with a seductive price tag. A customer commissioned me to make a check list of services that could be placed in the cloud. The answer was simple: any services, as long as they are not connected to the rest of one’s infrastructure and don’t contain sensitive information. I hope you never need to retrieve the information. Curtain-fall.

The year is 2013. The price tag is still seductive, but the situation is different. The market is maturing. The larger suppliers are listening to their customers. Although contracts are standardised, they are premised on the customer being a professional purchaser. Now one has to make the right choice, not abstain from buying. The pitfalls are many, but the rewards are lower prices, flexibility, and in some cases higher security.

Personal information has been a major obstacle for cloud giants. Therefore a construction called Safe Harbor has now been implemented, meaning that American companies pledge to abide by European legislation. This pertains not only to one’s personal information – all one’s information is accessible only in countries with reasonable legislation. However, Patriot Act and FISAA trump Safe Harbor, which is mportant for Swedish public authorities to keep in mind.

Integration with the rest of one’s infrastructure has been another problem. Nowadays, however, one might connect cloud services to the existing Active Directory and the transition is invisible to users through a single Sign On. Naturally, this has to be done in a secure way. Both outsorcing and cloud suppliers are often ISO 27001 certified. Keep in mind that the certificate does not always pertain to outsorced activities. As pertains to cloud suppliers, the services as such are certified.

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not advocating placing everything in the cloud. There are lots of things to keep in mind. Cloud Security Alliance will help you with risk information, control lists, and so forth. We should, however, ask ourselves why whole IT enterprises are to be outsorced if, in some cases, it is both more secure and cheaper to make use of clearly demarcated cloud services.

A Dead Angel – Review by Cybermage

I don’t want to go into too many details and spoil the surprise but Nova stumbles on something that can have global repercussions. We dig into cyber security, angels, family secrets, and much more before the surprising and explosive finale.

Åsa Schwartz is the leading lady of eco fantasy and her new book En Död Ängel [A Dead Angel] is an ominous eco thriller, a sequel to Nefilim that takes us into the supernatural. It was a real page-turner I read in one go. This gets a warm recommendation as a more cerebral fantasy experience.

Presse here for the complete review.